Manufacturing a CH-53K: The Central Role of Digital Thread Production

06/11/2020
By Robbin Laird Sikorsky is working with NAVAIR and the USMC to deliver a new build heavy lift helicopter, the CH-53K. This is a digital aircraft, while its predecessor the CH-53E, is a mechanical aircraft. What this means is that the aircraft is digitally designed and manufactured by means of…

Arquus Highlights Its Armis Military Truck Portfolio: A Virtual Tour in the Absence of Eurosatory

06/09/2020
By Pierre Tran Paris - Arquus, a French military vehicle builder, unveiled June 8 a virtual tour of a stand planned for Eurosatory, a trade show for land weapons, cancelled due to the coronavirus crisis. The company, a unit of the Swedish Volvo truck company, launched its line of Armis…

Russian SU-35s Being Produced for the Egyptian Air Force

05/20/2020
by defenceWeb Russia has started production of Su-35 fighter jets for Egypt as part of an order for two dozen of the jets. This is according to TASS, which reported over the weekend that the Gagarin Aircraft Plant in Komsomolsk-on-Amur has launched the production of the Su-35s for Russia that…

Australian Government-Led Satcom Development

05/17/2020
By Robert Nutbrown Defence scientists are working with colleagues from industry and academia on a satellite communications (SATCOM) research venture that has the potential to significantly enhance military capability. The project will explore ways of integrating both laser-based optical and radio frequency (RF) communications technologies in a single SATCOM user…

Digital Education for Digital Shipbuilding

05/09/2020
Australia’s first digital shipbuilding course began a month ago, changing traditional shipbuilding education in this country. The Diploma of Digital Technology is educating participants about digital technologies, connecting workers and information systems to ensure they learn and master the digital technology skills to work on the Government’s $35 billion Hunter-class…

A Plus Up for the Royal Australian Navy: Six New Patrol Boats from Austal

05/09/2020
By Australian Defence Business Review The Commonwealth has announced it will acquire six more Cape class patrol boats from Austal for the RAN as it seeks to support Australian industry during the Covid-19 pandemic crisis. The six vessels will be built at Austal’s Henderson yard in Western Australia, and will…

A Small Ship but a Significant Shift

04/30/2020
By Robbin Laird When I first came to Australia in 2014, I was asked to write a report for the Williams Foundation on their seminar on the evolution of airpower, which focused in a significant way on the coming of fifth generation aircraft and their impact on airpower modernization.  From…

ITAR Compliance: How Software Can Help

04/24/2020
By Kevin Deal Although the regulations have been around for decades, the latest rules from the U.S. Departments of State and Commerce required companies around the world that manufacture, export or re-export ITAR (International Traffic in Arms Regulations)-controlled items to evaluate and amend their current authorizations and restructure compliance activities.…